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Insurance Attorney Paul C. Ferland Joins Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor welcomes Paul C. Ferland, an attorney who concentrates his practice in civil litigation involving first-party property insurance coverage, to its nationally recognized Global Insurance Practice.

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Cozen O’Connor is strategically located in two New York offices: Midtown, in the city’s commercial business district and Downtown, in the heart of the city’s financial district. Our dual offices offer our clients easy access to our attorneys in the firm’s full breadth of practice areas.

The New York Midtown attorneys provide a full range of services including real estate, land use, structured finance, workouts, infrastructure, corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, communications, intellectual property, government relations, commercial litigation, labor and employment and private client services. Our business attorneys have represented a variety of clients (ranging from national and international financial institutions and corporations to individual entrepreneurs) in an array of corporate, real estate and finance transactions, and our litigators regularly appear in state and federal courts in complex cases throughout the United States.

In our New York Downtown office, our attorneys handle matters involving commercial litigation, real estate litigation, insurance coverage litigation, insurance regulation, domestic and international insurance services, and the defense of products liability, toxic tort and constructions claims. They also regularly represent clients in admiralty, reinsurance and professional liability matters and have tried cases in both state and federal courts. Lawyers in this office also handle asset-based lending, including ship and aircraft finance, and equipment leasing.

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Joseph Dever

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Laura B. Dowgin

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Insurance Attorney Paul C. Ferland Joins Cozen O'Connor

April 19, 2019 Cozen O'Connor welcomes Paul C. Ferland, an attorney who concentrates his practice in civil litigation involving first-party property insurance coverage, to its nationally recognized Global Insurance Practice.

Cozen O’Connor’s Global Insurance Department Welcomes New York Litigator Daniel Goodstadt

April 15, 2019 A former partner with Gottlieb Siegel & Schwartz LLP, Goodstadt joins the firm as a member and will work out of its downtown Manhattan office.

Danielle Harris and Jennifer Queliz Selected to the 2019 National Employment Law Council Academy

April 12, 2019 Danielle Harris and Jennifer Queliz were selected as fellows in the 2019 National Employment Law Council Academy.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Eisenberg, Ferrer and Tilson Recognized in 2019 Chambers Global Rankings

April 12, 2019 Chambers Global has recognized three Cozen O’ Connor attorneys, Susan Eisenberg (Miami – Labor & Employment), Geoffrey Ferrer (New York – Transportation & Trade), and Joseph Tilson (Chicago – Labor & Employment), as worldwide leaders in their respective practices.

Kenneth K. Fisher Named to City & State New York’s Real Estate Power 50

March 31, 2019 Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of the law firm of Cozen O'Connor was named to City & State New York’s inaugural Real Estate Power 50.

Cozen O'Connor Names John Ho as Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

March 05, 2019 Cozen O'Connor has chosen John Ho, chair of the firm’s OSHA Practice, to be a member of the 2019 class of fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Cozen O'Connor’s National Real Estate Practice Continues to Grow with the Addition of Transactional Member Marnie R. Kudon

July 11, 2018 Kudon Will Help Clients Acquire and Develop Real Estate While Continuing to Navigate New York City’s Complex Land Use and Development Processes

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Welcomes James L. Ansorge to its Growing New York City Government Relations Team

July 09, 2018 Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies has announced that James L. Ansorge has joined its fast-growing Public Strategies group. A former government relations associate in the New York office of a large international law firm, Ansorge joins Cozen O’Connor’s midtown New York office as a government relations adviser within Public Strategies and as counsel within the law firm.

Jonathan A. Ballan Joins Cozen O’Connor as Co-Chair of Public & Project Finance Practice Group

April 24, 2018 Ballan Combines a Strong Background in Project Finance with Decades of Government Service

Antitrust Litigator Joins Commercial Litigation Department

April 05, 2018 David Reichenberg has represented U.S. tech leaders, including Google, Netflix, and Twitter

Cozen O'Connor Gets New Miami and Manhattan Leaders in Leadership Shuffle

February 15, 2018 Cozen O’Connor’s Miami and Midtown Manhattan offices have new leaders, while the former managing partner in Miami has been elevated to a firmwide strategic role.

Cozen O’Connor Names Schmidt New York Midtown Office Managing Partner

February 15, 2018 Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce Michael C. Schmidt has been appointed to serve as Office Managing Partner for the firm’s New York Midtown office.

Private Client Services Group Continues Expansion

January 22, 2018 Marc Selden Brings to the Firm a Solid Track Record in Asset Protection Planning

Kenneth Fisher Recognized by City & State New York’s Annual 50 Over Fifty Awards: The Age Disruptors

January 16, 2018 Cozen O’Connor member Kenneth Fisher has been selected by City & State New York as a 2018 recipient of the publication’s annual 50 Over Fifty Awards: The Age Disruptors.

Why the Bronx and Queens Once Again Are Selecting NYC's Next Council Speaker

January 02, 2018 Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the anticipated election of Corey Johnson as New York City Council Speaker in City&State New York.

Martin S. Bloor joins Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice

November 28, 2017 Bloor’s Background Ranges from Complex Commercial Disputes to Matters Involving Improper Payments to Foreign Government Officials

Cozen O’Connor Serves as Lead Counsel in Acquisition and Financing of Ozone Park Manufacturing Facility

November 27, 2017 The national real estate practice at Cozen O’Connor represented Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center Local Development Corporation (GMDC) in the acquisition, development, and financing of an Ozone Park manufacturing facility in Queens, New York. The cost of the acquisition and development of the project is an estimated $40 million.

How Transparent Should Boards Be

November 09, 2017 Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses what information cooperative and condominium boards are required to provide to shareholders and unit owners in The Cooperator New York.

Mr. Right Now: Mayor de Blasio Continues Wooing Real Estate Developers

November 07, 2017 Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Practice Group, discusses Bill de Blasio’s predicted second-term win as New York City’s Mayor, in the Commercial Observer.

Speaker Candidates Unleashed

November 01, 2017 Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discussed the importance of choosing a strong Speaker of New York City Council, after the contenders made their cases at a Crain’s forum.

12 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 19, 2017 Super Lawyers has named 12 attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2017 lists of top practitioners in the New York metro area. Six were recognized as Super Lawyers and six were named “Rising Stars,” a list that recognizes attorneys under the age of 40.

Here is NFL’s chance to be better than Washington politicians in tackling anthem controversy

October 11, 2017 Adam Schlatner discusses the legal grounds to suspend or fire NFL players that are participating in the country-wide protests during the National Anthem. Players have been kneeling or raising their fists, rather than standing, during the anthem to protest the police brutality issues in the country.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Benjamin A. Bomrind to its Corporate Practice

September 07, 2017 Bomrind is part of an overall expansion of the firm’s Corporate Practice in New York City.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017 Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Midtown East Rezoning: Not for the Faint-Hearted

August 17, 2017 Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the new zoning plan in Manhattan’s Great East Midtown district in a Q&A in the Commercial Property Executive.

Cozen O’Connor Transportation Attorney Geoffrey Ferrer Admitted to Practice Law in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

August 02, 2017 Geoffrey D. Ferrer, vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Trade Practice Group and Office Managing Partner of the New York Downtown Office, has been sworn in as a member of the Republic of the Marshall Islands bar becoming one of only 54 admitted and active Marshall Islands attorneys.

Why a law degree could make you a better policymaker

July 31, 2017 Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the advantages of obtaining a law degree for policymakers and others in public service in City & State New York.

Former Judge: Panel May Have Improperly Dropped Charges Against Playboy Teamster

June 28, 2017 Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, comments on that charges the International Brotherhood of Teamsters dropped against his client William C. Smith, III.

Cozen O’Connor Serves as Lead Counsel in Independence Realty Trust’s $300 Million Unsecured Credit Facility Financing

May 04, 2017 The national real estate practice of Cozen O'Connor represented Independence Realty Operating Partnership, LP and Independence Realty Trust, Inc. in the consummation of a new $300 million unsecured credit facility.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 17 Attorneys to Membership

April 03, 2017 The management committee is pleased to welcome a particularly qualified group to membership, composed of outstanding attorneys who have demonstrated remarkable professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to the firm and the legal community at large.

East Village Residents Feuding Over Future of Abandoned Public School Building

March 29, 2017 Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses his client’s development plans in New York City’s East Village on New York One News.

New York Eyes Outsized Share of $1 Trillion Prize

March 01, 2017 Ken Fisher discusses the estimated $1 trillion worth of infrastructure that is a Trump administration priority in The Real Deal.

Rules of Disclosure

February 28, 2017 Leni Cummins discusses the rules and regulations related to disclosure for condominium and cooperative unit sales in The Cooperator.

Q&A: Getting Rid of a Board President

January 19, 2017 Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice Group, discusses the process of replacing co-op board members and presidents in The Cooperator.

East Village Community Battles Over Fate of Old School

January 16, 2017 Ken Fisher discusses his client’s efforts to develop a former elementary school in New York City’s East Village into private dorms in a WCBS TV interview.

Amid Tense Politics, Developer Pushes De Blasio for Village Dorms

January 11, 2017 Ken Fisher discusses his client’s plan to develop a former New York City elementary school into private Adelphi University dorms in Crain’s New York Business.

Even in Tony Brownstone Brooklyn Infrastructure Lags Behind

January 01, 2017 Ken Fisher discusses the slow growth of infrastructure in emerging New York City neighborhoods in The Real Deal.

Mayor de Blasio Says Criticism of the Video His Taxpayer-Funded Team Created is ‘Ludicrous’

December 30, 2016 Ken Fisher discusses a taxpayer-funded video released by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office in New York Daily News.

The State of Surveillance

December 12, 2016 Leni Cummins discusses condo and co-op buildings’ increased use of video surveillance in The Cooperator.

Ken Fisher Named to Brooklyn’s Power 50 by City & State

November 15, 2016 Ken Fisher will be recognized among the Brooklyn Power 50 by City & State at the Borough 50 Series.

Ken Fisher Receives Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award for Labor, Law & Lobbying by City & State Report

September 22, 2016 Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Business Law Department, was among the 2016 honorees at City & State Report’s CSR Awards on September 22, 2016.

Low-Rise Inspections

September 10, 2016 Leni Cummins, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses building exterior inspection regulations in The New York Times.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016 Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Trading Down: Williamsburg Biz Worries New Homeless Refuge Will Repel Customers

August 13, 2016 Ken Fisher addressed the public’s concern surrounding a new refuge center in Williamsburg, NY, at a local community meeting.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Labor & Employment Attorney John Ho to New York Office

July 25, 2016 Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that John Ho has joined the firm’s Labor and Employment Department and will be located in the New York office. Mr. Ho will be a Member at the firm and joins Cozen O’Connor from Bond, Schoeneck and King.

No Criminal Charges Recommended in Clinton Email Probe

July 05, 2016 Ken Fisher discusses how Hillary Clinton can move on after the FBI's email probe decision with CBS2 New York.

Cozen O’Connor Finalizes Addition of Intellectual Property Lawyers from Nationally Recognized IP Powerhouse, Feldman Gale, P.A.

June 27, 2016 The addition continues the firm’s growth in South Florida and California and brings substantial intellectual property strength in areas such as patent procurement, opinion work, and patent litigation in both federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, trademark procurement and litigation, non-compete litigation, information technology law, trade secrets, copyrights and business litigation.

Cozen O’Connor Grows South Florida and West Coast Presence with Addition of 14 Intellectual Property Lawyers from Nationally Recognized IP Powerhouse, Feldman Gale, P.A.

June 02, 2016 The transaction will boost the expansion of Cozen O'Connor’s Intellectual Property Department and continue the firm’s growth in South Florida and California.

Ed Weisz Discusses the Fine Lines of Fashion Trademarks in Women’s Wear Daily

May 25, 2016 Ed Weisz discusses the legal issues surrounding knockoff and illegal goods in Women's Wear Daily.

Leni Cummins Discusses New Regulation Favoring Condo/Cooperative Boards

April 25, 2016 Leni Cummins discusses a new U.S. Treasury Department regulation in Habitat Magazine.

Leni Cummins Discusses Significant Victory for Manhattan Condominium Board in the Commercial Observer

April 21, 2016 Leni Cummins discusses a significant victory for the Manhattan Modern 23 condominium board in the Commercial Observer.

Ken Fisher Discusses New York Primaries Past and Present on CNN

April 13, 2016 Ken Fisher discusses the history of New York primary elections on CNN.

The Cooperator Q&A: Board - Buyer Runaround

April 01, 2016 Leni Cummins addresses a cooperative shareholder's concerns about his board's new policies in The Cooperator.

Ken Fisher Discusses Major New York City Compromise On Mayor's Proposals in Crain's

March 15, 2016 Ken Fisher discusses a compromise crafted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on housing proposals.

Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Close Deal for Brooklyn Residential Project

February 22, 2016 Benjamin Suckewer and Daniel Levin recently closed an $80 million land and construction loan for a Brooklyn residential project.

Leni Cummins Discusses Allocation of Common Expenses in Cooperatives

February 20, 2016 Leni Cummins discusses the allocation of common expenses in cooperatives in The New York Times and Habitat.

Leni Cummins Discusses Building Maintenance in The New York Times

February 13, 2016 Leni Cummins, member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate practice group, discusses building maintenance responsibilities in The New York Times.

Leni Cummins Discusses Use of Drones by Condominiums and Cooperatives in The Cooperator

January 19, 2016 Leni Cummins, member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate practice group, discusses drone usage by condominiums and cooperatives in The Cooperator.

Ken Fisher Discusses Affordable Housing Incentives in Engineering News Record

January 18, 2016 Ken Fisher discusses New York City's ongoing struggle to agree on a prevailing wage requirement in an Engineering News Record article.

Ken Fisher Discusses Designating New York City's Greenwood Cemetery and Fairway Apartments as Landmarks in CityLand

October 20, 2015 Ken Fisher is quoted in CityLand discussing the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on designating New York City's Greenwood Cemetery and Fairway Apartments as landmarks.

Ken Fisher Discusses Proposal to Landmark New York's Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Daily

October 13, 2015 Ken Fisher is quoted in Brooklyn Daily on the proposal to landmark New York's historic Green-Wood cemetery.

Ken Fisher Discusses Selling "Air" over New York City Landmarks

October 07, 2015 Ken Fisher is quoted in Commercial Observer on incorporating the ability to build higher than zoning allows when it comes to air rights on New York City landmarks.

Ken Fisher Discusses New York City's 421-a Tax Abatement in Real Estate Weekly

October 07, 2015 Ken Fisher is quoted in Real Estate Weekly on the potential expiration of New York City's 421-a tax abatement program.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in The Cooperator on Positive Condo Board Actions

October 01, 2015 Leni Morrison Cummins is quoted in The Cooperator on condo boards implementing fun ideas for their community.

Cozen O'Connor Welcomes Joseph Mascia to New York Real Estate Group

August 25, 2015 Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that it has expanded its New York Real Estate Group with the hiring of Joseph Mascia as a member. He joins Cozen O’Connor from Duane Morris, where he served as special counsel. Mascia will be resident in the firm’s New York Midtown office.

Cozen O’Connor Names Six New Shareholders

July 20, 2015 – Cozen O’Connor promoted six members to shareholder of the firm: Philip Carroll (Chicago), William Davis (New York), John B. Galligan (New York), Kendall Hayden (Dallas), Andrew Kay (D.C.) and Vincent Pozzuto (New York).

Ken Fisher Discusses Potential Implications of Supreme Court's Fair Housing Ruling on New York in The Real Deal

July 14, 2015 In an article titled “Supreme Court Ruling Puts NYC Affordable Housing Plan in Peril,” Cozen O’Connor attorney, and former New York City Council member, Kenneth Fisher, discusses the implications of the June 25, 2015, ruling. The new decision requires anyone challenging an affordable housing policy as a violation of the Fair Housing Act to prove only that the policy itself is discriminatory.

Ken Fisher Comments on 421-a Tax Exemption Program in Crain’s New York Business

July 02, 2015 Ken Fisher comments on the potential legal challenges related to the 421-a tax exemption program in a Crain’s New York Business article. The article discusses developers’ concerns over the re-vamped 421-a tax exemption program for housing, particularly a provision allowing the Real Estate Board of New York and the building trades to negotiate the program’s wage mandate for construction workers.

Ken Fisher Quoted in Real Estate Weekly on the New York State Legislature Deadlock on 421-a Tax Abatement Program

June 17, 2015 Ken Fisher was quoted in a Real Estate Weekly article that discusses the 421-a tax abatement program and rent regulations in New York State that expired on June 15, 2015, leaving the State Legislature at an impasse on numerous points. The deadlock will make a last minute deal more unlikely, with the last day of the legislative session for the year quickly approaching.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in the New York Times on a Co-op Board's Responsibility Responding to Harassment Claims

June 13, 2015 Leni Morrison Cummins discusses a co-op board responsibility in responding to harassment allegations and the potential breach of warranty of habitability in the Ask Real Estate column of The New York Times.

Ken Fisher Quoted in The New York Times on Midtown Manhattan Redevelopment

June 05, 2015 Ken Fisher was quoted in The New York Times in an article addressing the redevelopment of Midtown Manhattan’s historic architectural buildings, and how the designation of being a preserved landmark building is made. The article explores how New York City’s expanding real estate landscape is creating challenges for preservation societies, who work to protect historical buildings throughout the city.

Ken Fisher Quoted in WNYC on New York City's 421-a Tax Exemption

June 02, 2015 Ken Fisher, a member in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, discussed New York City’s 421-a tax exemption on WNYC radio. In the piece, Ken addresses how the New York City Department of Buildings has been handling the influx of applications.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in The Cooperator on Co-op Board Member Acting as Spokesperson

May 25, 2015 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group, discusses the legality of a cooperative board member assuming the role of spokesperson and sending email communications to all members in The Cooperator.

Ken Fisher Quoted in Crain's New York Regarding Halletts A Development Co. Project in Queens, NY

March 05, 2015 Ken Fisher Quoted in Crain's New York Regarding Halletts A Development Co. Project in Queens, NY

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in The Cooperator on Who Pays for a Water Leak in Co-op

March 05, 2015 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, is quoted in The Cooperator, on an article discussing the answer of who pays for a water leak in a cooperative apartment.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Bankruptcy Practice with Hiring of Schmidt

March 02, 2015 Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that it has expanded its Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Restructuring Practice Group with the hiring of Frederick E. (Erik) Schmidt, Jr. as a member. Eric was previously a partner with Herrick, Feinstein’s Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring Group.

Ken Fisher Quoted in Crain's New York Regarding Mayor de Blasio's City Council Relationships

March 01, 2015 Ken Fisher, a member of the Government & Regulatory and the Real Estate Practice Groups, is quoted in Crain's New York in an article discussing New York Mayor Bill de Blasio clashing with city counsel over power.

Marilyn Neiman Quoted in Intellectual Property Watch Regarding Anti-Patent Troll Law

February 19, 2015 Marilyn Neiman, a member in the firm's Intellectual Property practice group, is quoted in Intellectual Property Watch in an article discussing the Innovation Act, and how this bill aimed at patent trolls would cause many changes to US patent law. Marilyn also discusses the effects this would have on patent litigation.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in the New York Times Regarding Housing Fire Hazards

February 07, 2015 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, participates in a Q&A in the New York Times regarding fire hazards in an apartment building, and how residents can handle these issues with their board.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in the New York Times Regarding Co-op Space

January 17, 2015 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, participates in a Q&A in the New York Times regarding what to do with co-op shared space, and whether it should be converted into a playroom or gym.

16 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 23, 2014 The 2014 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 16 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Menachem Kastner Named to New York City Bar’s State Courts of Superior Justice Committee

August 29, 2014 The State Courts of Superior Justice Committee is involved in all aspects affecting the state court system, including drafting/commenting on legislation, submitting briefs, sponsoring continuing legal education and other programs, interacting with those seeking Judicial appointment, and participating in public service projects.

Ken Fisher Quoted in Crain's New York Regarding Segmented Condo Buildings

July 25, 2014 Ken Fisher, of the Real Estate Practice Group, was recently quoted in a Crain's New York article titled, "Rich-door, Poor-door Debate Heats Up." The article examines the remarks of Gale Brewer, the Manhattan borough president, calling for an end to "segmented" condo buildings that were built using incentives for creating affordable housing. In the article, Ken offers his view on the situation by stating, "The state and the city really don't have many programs to spur the creation of affordable for-sale housing and Mayor Bill de Blasio's plans appear more focused on creating affordable rental housing."

Ken Fisher Quoted in the Commercial Observer Regarding the Recently Opened LIC Hilton Extended-Hotel

July 15, 2014 Ken Fisher, of the Real Estate Practice Group, was recently quoted in the Commercial Observer regarding the lis pendens that the newly opened Long Island City/Manhattan View extended-stay hotel has received. Ken Fisher represents Jab Rad, the managing partner of the property. Ken offered his remarks by stating the property "will be vigorously defended."

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2014 Chambers USA Rankings

May 30, 2014 Chambers USA recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; six attorneys were recognized nationally and eight were ranked in the top band. Stanley Sher was named a “Senior Statesman” in the “Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)” industry, for the pivotal role Sher plays in the firm’s continued success in the transportation industry.

Ken Fisher Mentioned in The New York Daily News Regarding The Port Authority

May 29, 2014 Ken Fisher, of the New York City office’s business law department, was quoted in a New York Law Journal article titled, “Candidates for Brooklyn D.A. Reprise Themes From Primary.” In the article Ken offers his remarks regarding Brooklyn’s D.A., Charles Hynes. Ken is quoted as saying Hynes, “was an innovative prosecutor whose policies helped bring down crime, not just in Brooklyn, but across the country.”

David Sunshine Quoted in the National Journal Regarding Pandora

April 22, 2014 David Sunshine, of the Intellectual Property Group, was recently quoted in a National Journal article titled, "Here Are 1,400 Song You Might Never Hear Again on Your Pandora Station." The article explains how the music industry sued Pandora Media, claiming the internet radio service unfairly evaded paying millions of dollars on popular songs. David gave his opinion on the situation by stating, "The problem that [record labels] are going to face is, folks haven't been paying these royalties for a long time."

Vincent Pozzuto Addresses Caucus of New York State Assembly on Scaffold Law Reform

April 15, 2014 Vincent Pozzuto recently appeared with representatives of the Alliance for Minority and Women Construction Businesses (AMWCB) before a caucus of the New York State Assembly in support of a bill aimed at reforming New York State Labor Law Section 240(1), otherwise known as the “Scaffold Law.” The AMWCB supports reform, as the current statute and its effects have driven up the costs of liability insurance, and made it increasingly difficult for AMWCB contractors to bid on high level projects.

Ken Fisher Quoted in Crain's New York Business Article, "City Hall's New 'In' Crowd"

February 10, 2014 Ken Fisher, of the Government & Regulatory and the Real Estate Practice Groups, was quoted in a Crain's New York Business article titled, "City Hall's New 'In' Crowd." The article examines how the first Latina City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, was elected in New York. The lobbyists that support Mark-Viverito are mentioned by Ken Fisher as he says, "Anytime a story is written saying a lobbyist is close to a politician, they raise their rates."

Ken Fisher Quoted in Crain's New York Business Article, "A Glimmer of Hope on City Council for Developers"

January 27, 2014 Ken Fisher, of the Government & Regulatory and the Real Estate Practice Groups, was quoted in a Crain's New York Business article titled, "A Glimmer of Hope on City Council for Developers." The article examines David Greenfield and his role as chair of the Committee on Land Use on the New York City Council. Fisher offers his remarks on Greenfield by stating, "The power of the job comes in helping to shape the debate."

Abby Wenzel and Bernard Lee to Co-Chair Cozen O’Connor Real Estate Practice Group

January 06, 2014 Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce two of its members — Abby M. Wenzel and Bernard Lee — will co-chair the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, replacing current Chair Herman C. Fala, who is taking over as general counsel at longtime client Liberty Property Trust.

Cozen O’Connor Continues to Grow New York Commercial Litigation Practice with Addition of Adam J. Schlatner

December 17, 2013 Cozen O’Connor has further expanded the reach of its Commercial Litigation practice in New York with the recent hiring of Adam J. Schlatner, who joins the firm as a partner. Schlatner is the sixth new partner to join the practice in recent months.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Growth of International Subrogation and Recovery Department

November 25, 2013 Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its internationally recognized Subrogation & Recovery Department with the recent addition of four attorneys. Lawyers who have joined the firm’s Subrogation & Recovery Department in 2013 include Virginia Markovich, member in the New York office; Philip J. Berens, an associate in Los Angeles; Richard J. Maleski, an associate in the Miami office; and Marie-Pier Nadeau, an associate in the Toronto office.

Ken Fisher Mentioned in Capital New York

November 25, 2013 Ken Fisher, of the New York City office and Real Estate Practice Group, was mentioned in a Capital New York article titled, "Controversial Magnate Pokes Holes in Bloomberg's Styrofoam Ban." The article explains the financed lobbying effort the City Council successfully pushed to alter Michael Bloomberg's bill to ban the use of styrofoam in food establishments.

Ken Fisher Quoted in the New York Law Journal Regarding Brooklyn DA Candidates

November 04, 2013 Ken Fisher, of the Real Estate Practice Group, was quoted in a New York Law Journal article titled,

Cozen O’Connor Launches International Arbitration Practice Group

October 30, 2013 The International Arbitration Practice Group is newly formed to recognize the firm’s expanding capabilities in this area. This move recognizes expanded capabilities with the addition of Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon in New York. The practice extends from New York to London and Continental Europe.

Cozen O'Connor Grows Litigation Team in New York with Five New Partners

October 15, 2013 Cozen O’Connor continues to increase the depth of the firm’s litigation capabilities in New York with the recent hiring of five new partners. Partners residing in the firm's New York office who have joined in recent months include John J. Sullivan, Michael B. de Leeuw, Patrick B. Sardino, William K. Kirrane and Adam I. Stein.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in The Cooperator on Dealing with Disruptions in Your Residence

October 01, 2013 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, is quoted in The Cooperator, on an article discussing disruptive residents in your condo or co-op and how to deal with those situations.

Ken Fisher Quoted in Crain's New York Business

September 30, 2013 Ken Fisher, of the Real Estate Practice Group, was quoted in a Crain's New York Business article titled, "Big Election Spender Eyes Albany." In the article, Ken offers his remarks by stating, "The nexus of their agendas is encouraging development and making sure there's a favorable regulatory environment for that."

Ken Fisher Quoted in Crain's New York Business on de Blasio's Plans for NYC

September 23, 2013 Ken Fisher, of the Real Estate Practice Group, was quoted in a Crain's New York Business article on mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's proposed policy for New York City.

Ken Fisher Quoted in The New York Times Regarding the Race for New York City Council Speaker

September 19, 2013 Ken Fisher, of the Real Estate Practice Group, was quoted in The New York Times. Fisher offered his remarks on the current stage of the race in New York City.

Ken Fisher Quoted in NY Times Article on Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes

September 12, 2013 Ken Fisher, of the Real Estate Practice Group, was quoted in a New York Times article titled,

Ken Fisher Quoted in Crain's New York Business on NY Primary Results

September 12, 2013 Ken Fisher, of the Real Estate Practice Group, was quoted in a Crain's New York Business article titled,

Cozen O’Connor Expands Real Estate Group Nationally

September 10, 2013 Cozen O’Connor has significantly bolstered the strength and scope of its national real estate practice with the addition of eight experienced lateral attorneys across the Washington, DC, New York, West Palm Beach, Wilmington, Philadelphia and Minneapolis offices in recent months, including seven partners and one associate.

Cozen O’Connor Expands International Practice with Additions to New York Office

September 03, 2013 Cozen O'Connor expanded its International practice with the addition of Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon to the firm’s New York office. Both Martin and Matthew join the firm from Gusy Van Der Zandt and focus their practice in International arbitration.

46 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2013 Forty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from eight of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys were selected based on a rigorous peer-review of more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations. The list will be included in publications such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York magazine.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in the New York Times Regarding Tenant's Right to Storage Spot for Bicycle in Condominium

August 23, 2013 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, participates in a Q&A in the New York Times regarding what a tenant can do who has used the same storage spot for their bicycle for 25 years in their condominium building, and recently had the spot taken away.

Cozen O’Connor Member Named Manhattan Democrat of the Year

July 16, 2013 Stuart Shorenstein, of the firm’s Business Law Department and head of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ New York team, has been named “Manhattan Democrat of the Year” by the New York County Democratic Committee at its first Annual Demmy Award Ceremony Monday, July 15. Among the nominees for the award were New York state district leaders and committee members.

David Shimkin Recognized as a “2013 Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal

May 31, 2013 An esteemed panel of attorneys selected David, a member of the Litigation Section, for the annual list, which honors a select group of attorneys under 45 years of age.

Cozen O’Connor Cybersecurity Seminar Speaker’s Remarks Featured in Wall Street Journal

May 09, 2013 The Wall Street Journal recently published an article entitled “FBI: Delete Passwords of Ex-Employees” where the author discusses a disgruntled ex-employee’s recent network attack on his previous employer at a Long Island, NY electric supply company.

Michael Schmidt Discusses Social Media as Court Evidence in Social Media Today

May 02, 2013 In an article titled, ''Legal Concerns: Your Facebook Account as Evidence in a Lawsuit,'' Michael Schmidt, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, discusses the use of social media as court evidence, and the legal duty to preserve it.

Ken Fisher Quoted in The Real Deal

May 01, 2013 In an article titled, "Midtown West, Tribeca, Chelsea Rank as Manhattan 'Hoods with Steepest Inventory Plunge," Ken Fisher of the firm's Business Law ​Department is quoted with regards to surging residential sales in New York City. Ken notes, "Low crime rates, improved subways and more family-friendly amenities are among the factors fueling the city’s popularity."

Michael Schmidt Discusses the Risks and Rewards of Social Media in Inside Counsel

May 01, 2013 Michael Schmidt, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, discusses the application of new and existing regulations in the context of social media in an article titled, ''The Risks and Rewards of Social Media – Regulators and Plaintiffs Take Aim at Companies’ Use of Social Media.'' ''It’s so easy for companies using social media to disclose and talk about things that used to be tightly controlled before they were disclosed to the public,'' Schmidt says. ''But agencies are becoming increasingly vigilant about applying their existing rules to what a company can and can’t say in this new context.''

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Expands NY Office

April 22, 2013 Dwayne Andrews has joined the New York office of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, bringing with him public policy experience in education, transportation and telecommunications.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in the New York Times Regarding Inheriting a Co-op

April 19, 2013 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, participates in a Q&A in the New York Times regarding whether a co-op board can prevent someone who inherited a co-op from transferring the shares into their name.

Cozen O’Connor Elects 20 Associates to Membership

March 27, 2013 Ian Blum, Alphonso Collins, Kathryn Crary, Lynnette Espy-Williams, Elizabeth Featherman, Matthew Glazer, Nelsy Gomez, Andrea Hammel, Keenya Harrold, Charles Jesuit, Jr., Lezlie Madden, Marilyn Neiman, Tracey Nguyen, Cartherine Rosato Reilly, Megan Scheib, Daniel Schuch, John Schwartz, Shari Shapiro, Marko Stamenkovic, and Norasha Williams have been elected to membership in the firm.

Cozen O’Connor Member Honored by Defense Association of New York

March 12, 2013 John McDonough, vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, will receive The James S. Conway Award for outstanding service to the defense community at DANY's Annual Awards Dinner and Meeting on April 11 in New York City.

Cozen O’Connor’s Health Care and Public Strategies Groups Featured in Legal Bisnow

March 07, 2013 Attorneys Mark Alderman, Mark Gallant, Colin Roskey and Howard Schweitzer are highlighted in this article on Cozen O'Connor's growth in the Health Law and Public Strategies Groups.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in the New York Times Regarding an Unofficial Apartment Sublet

August 23, 2012 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, participates in a Q&A in the New York Times regarding whether or not someone is covered by renter's insurance if they are unofficially subletting an apartment.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in The Cooperator Regarding Co-op and Condo Rules & Regulations

February 01, 2012 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, is quoted in The Cooperator regarding co-op and condo rules and regulations, and how to follow them, while protecting your safety and quality of life as a resident.

Leni Morrison Cummins Quoted in The Cooperator on Condo Rules and Regulations

February 01, 2012 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, is quoted in The Cooperator, on an article discussing how a board can lay out solid rules and regulations for their co-op or condo building, and how to best enforce them.

Q&A: Accessing Common Elements [The Cooperator]

October 01, 2011 Leni Morrison Cummins, a member in the firm's Real Estate Group, answers a Q&A from a reader about common spaces in a residence overlapping with private spaces, and who would be at fault if something happens.

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